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The Map of Meaning - A Career Compass. Dr Marjolein Lips- Wiersma , University of Canterbury, New Zealand Lani Morris, BA, Dip Journ , MBA, MSc , Holistic Development Group www.holisticdevelopment.org.nz. Who ever talks about meaning?. We all do , and it sounds like this…

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the map of meaning a career compass

The Map of Meaning- A Career Compass

Dr Marjolein Lips-Wiersma, University of Canterbury, New Zealand

Lani Morris, BA, Dip Journ, MBA, MSc,

Holistic Development Group

www.holisticdevelopment.org.nz

who ever talks about meaning
Who ever talks about meaning?
  • We all do, and it sounds like this…

……Why do I bother?”

what is meaningful work
What is meaningful work?

Not an abstract inquiry with little hope of being answered……….

…………but a fundamental question:

what is the nature of being human?

the map of meaning

The Map of Meaning

- A Career Compass

developing the inner self
Developing the inner self
  • “We have many discussions about

‘what is the right thing to do here’”

  • “With new responsibilities parts of myself emerged – such as confidence, detachment - that I did not know I had. I was blossoming”
  • “I can be me in this organisation. I can dress in feminine clothes, be serious, be light, be me”
serving others
Serving Others

“I work for a company that does good work”

“When people come into the shop, sometimes I am the only person they are going to talk to today. My boss doesn’t like me spending time with them, but I do it anyway.”

unity with others
Unity with Others

“The company for which I work asked us to articulate our values. I now realise that I share these values with many others in the organisation. It makes a difference.”

expressing full potential
Expressing full potential

“There is an inherent meaning in mastering something. When something comes out of my hands that I know to be good, it is a great feeling”

tensions
Tensions

These are between:

Self and Others

and

Being and Doing

inspiration
Inspiration

Connection with the transcendent

What is at the heart of things for someone

reality of self and circumstances
Reality of Self and Circumstances

We will always battle with imperfection

The latin word ‘humilitas’ has at its’ root ‘humus’, the earth. Humility is befriending our earthly gravity, the world of our instincts, material demands or needs, and shadowsides. Humility is the courage to see reality.

Embrace our earthliness from which we often also get a clearer perspective on who we are and our relationship with the transcendent.

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Reality of Self and Circumstances

“There is nothing wrong with all of this mission and vision and values stuff itself. However if we are not allowed to articulate where we do not and cannot live up to this, it feels as if we mock something that is really quite profound”.

so what how to use the map of meaning
So, what?How to use the Map of Meaning
  • At the beginning of a career
  • In times of stagnation
  • In times of turbulence
  • To plot a new direction
  • At end of career
  • Individually or with groups
so what does it really do
So what does it really do?

It helps us make sense of a situation

“Sense making involves turning circumstances into a situation that is comprehended explicitly in words and that serves as a spring board to action.”

Weick, K.E./ Sutcliffe, K.M., Obstfeld, D. Organizational Science, July/August 2005 vol 16 no 4409-421

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So what does it really do?

It allows us to speak about what matters – rationally and with feeling

so what does it really do2
So what does it really do?

It shows us, and others, the whole picture

so what does it really do3
So what does it really do?

It helps us to take charge and take responsibility for what matters most

so what does it really do4
So what does it really do?

It supports us all in constructive conversations.

lani morris

Lani Morris

www.holisticdevelopment.org.nz

lanimorris@holisticdevelopment.org.nz

021 516 042